Volunteer in Ghana to help the poorest communities and deprived children through play work and teaching, sport or repairing schools. We offer placements in health, teaching, sports, building, farming and playwork.
Find below everything you need to know about the programme, including how it works, daily schedules, costs, health and safety and popular free-time trips available. Got a question big or small?
Our program cost is kept as low as practically possible and is £85 per week including accommodation, housekeepers and a 24/7 support team to assist you during your stay. From week 3, the program cost drop to £50 per week to help you stay longer and help as much as you can. The programs start the 1st and 16th of each month. Building and conservation volunteers need to allow an extra £40 extra per week for all the tools and materials you will need to use on your project with your volunteer group will buy locally together with the local group leader.
What can I do in Ghana?
Our programs offer a variety of projects to get involved with. Volunteer choose one or more of the following areas to work in: playwork, sport, teaching, health, building, repair work. Contact us today and we will be happy to guide and advise on all aspects of the program. All ages are welcome and no experience is required for non-health volunteer options.
What is it like to be a volunteer teacher?
Volunteers choose between primary and secondary schools. The preferred choice is for primary teaching at one of the schools our volunteers built in remote locations where the very poorest children live. No experience is necessary for teaching and it is very relaxed. Volunteers often share classes with two or three volunteers together at the front of the class. Mostly the children just need help with writing, spelling and some very basic adding and subtraction. Basic number skills will be important for the poorest children, many of whom may work later in a shop or will start their own business buying and selling goods. Without basic maths they will struggle. You may like to introduce them to their own Ghanaian currency and set up a shop where they can practise.
For older age groups at some schools there may be some set books to follow but there is always an opportunity to introduce new activities. Art and craft activities are always popular. Some children will not have a pencil or paper at home so do provide everything you can. For some children art will be therapeutic. Some of the children you work with are orphaned in the sense they do not have their biological parents looking after them. There is always time to take the children outside for fun or organised games although they can be a bit shy of the midday sun so if it is too hot, you may want to adapt activities and use the classroom or shade from the trees if possible.
Fun sports days are popular, do include clean water (or juice) and some snacks, some children may be malnourished or may have walked a distance in the heat to get to class and may not be so enthusiastic to run an egg and spoon race.
Can I volunteer with infants and young children?
Yes. From nursery songs, colouring and playing with toys to washing dirty hands, cuddles and care work; nursery work can be exhilarating. Working with young children can be very rewarding as you watch them grow and know you have been involved with their development. Bring some durable toys and play equipment which can be reused as things can get worn out quickly.
Can I volunteer in a hospital without experience?
If you are new to healthcare, join one of the outreach visits to some of the poorest communities to dress wounds, weigh babies, promote health through education, distribute health resources and make general assessments alongside your coordinator or outreach medical staff. For volunteers wanting more health-related opportunities, we recommend a longer stay of 4 weeks+ to provide the maximum number of outreach opportunities. In addition to outreach visits there are plenty of opportunities to offer basic first aid at schools and nurseries. Wounds on the arms, feet and legs are the main daily annoyance for local people who can benefit from extra help. Basic equipment can be bought from local chemists. Volunteers, together with the local support team can also escort children needing professional advice to hospital, often paying for treatment which may cost as little as £10.
Can I volunteer in a hospital in Ghana?
For medicine, nursing, biomedicine, pharmacy, radiography and physiotherapy students and qualified professionals there are opportunities to work at one of the local hospitals. Clinical volunteers can work in outpatients, on the wards, midwifery or in surgery depending on your experience, interest and qualifications. Other students can volunteer in the pharmacy and laboratories. It is extremely rewarding and there is high demand for all help. If you can bring some everyday equipment it will be most appreciated as the hospital is short on many of the basics.
Can I volunteer at the hospital if I am studying bio-medicine or other non-patient focused courses?
Yes, if spaces are available. Every year bio-medicine volunteers start work in the laboratory testing blood samples followed by time spent shadowing elsewhere in the hospital.
Can I do building work?
Yes! Nearly everyone has a go at something during their stay whether mixing cement or painting the walls of a new classroom. It can be great fun to work as part of a team whether you choose to build throughout your stay or just for a day to help the others out with an extra pair of hands. Bring at least £40 a week for materials if building is your thing.
What sport volunteer options are there?
Many of the children only go to school for the morning or afternoon providing plenty of opportunity to get the children together to play sport. Volunteers with sports coaching backgrounds have also worked with local teams of all ages (8 to adult) to coach and organise tournaments. For more serious coaching, it is recommended to spend at least one week on this rather than a day on and a day off. Spaces are limited to 2-3 volunteers at a time. Volunteers have also played against local teams which have been great fun and a huge success.
Free time in Ghana
We also create optional weekend trips for the volunteers who love to travel and visit the Ghana. There is no obligation or payment before arrival but it will be helpful for the coordinators to know how many are interested so that we can organise a group trip around everyone’s dates and fit this in around project work. There is a noticeboard at the volunteer houses with trips, costs and details.
Seeing the country helps you to get to know Ghana better and understand the area you are volunteering in better by comparing it to the other places you visit. If you have any questions please contact us or fill in this form and we’ll be happy to help.